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Buick adds premium Avenir trim level to Envision SUV for 2021

The Avenir trim level will be offered for the first time on the Envision.

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The Buick Envision is getting the premium treatment for the 2021 model year. The automaker, who didn't change much about the two-row SUV for 2020 after giving it a significant upgrade for 2019, will add the 2021 Buck Envision Avenir as an option for buyers.

The five-seater SUV is designed to compete against premium SUVs like the Acura RDX and Infiniti QX50. It's not designed with sporty dynamics or brisk acceleration like luxury SUVs from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW.

"The all-new 2021 Envision is part of Buick's strategy to grow its family of premium SUVs," said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. "It joins the new 2020 Encore GX, which offers safety, functionality and styling tailored around the size and space preferences of today's small and compact SUV buyers."

2021 Buick Envision Avenir Typically, Avenir trim level models to not get performance upgrades. Photo courtesy of Buick

Think of Buick's Avenir grade like you do GMC's Denali models. Both brands use these designations for the most premium offerings within a product line.

Non-Avenir version of the Envision will be upgraded for 2021, getting a host of safety technologies including standard automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision assist, following distance indicator, rear park assist, safety alert seat, and a high-definition rearview camera.

Additionally, the model will be available with enhanced automatic parking assist, high-definition surround view imagery, front park assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert with blind spot alert, head-up display, and rear camera mirror.

The 2021 Envision will also offer Buick's first available 10-inch diagonal touchscreen infotainment system, and it will include in-vehicle apps, such as Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Pandora, and Fox Sports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included.

The model will keep its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which generates 252 horsepower in the 2020 model. That engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Initial indications are that Buick will forego the 197-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is in the 2020 version.

2021 Buick Envision Avenir The Avenir trim gives the Envision its most premium design features yet.Photo courtesy of Buick

More details for the Envision, including for its Avenir trim, will be revealed later this year. the 2021 Buick Envision arrives in the U.S. in early 2021.

Pricing for the model has yet to be announced. The 2020 Envision starts at $36,995 and tops out just south of $50,000 when boxes to option it close to the offerings of 2021 model are checked. Expect the Envision Avenir to be priced north of that figure.

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Bugatti is selling just 40 Divos worldwide.

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Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. Four of them were recently delivered to U.S. customers. The latest customized version of the supercar to be delivered by the French automaker pushed the limits of what the Bugatti craftspeople are capable of. As company founder Ettore Bugatti once said: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti."

Meet the Bugatti Divo named "Lady Bug".

The Divo premiered in 2018 and shortly thereafter a prospective buyer and noted collector from the U.S. approached Bugatti with an idea in mind. They wanted a strict geometric pattern that featured diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on their Divo. The Bugatti design and development team set about figuring out how to make that happen.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" design process

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Two special metallic paint colors were developed: Customer Special Red and Graphite. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear – matching the silhouette of the Divo.

Bugatti's team spend a year-and-a-half to develop and implement the technical and graphic solutions the Divo owner required. Adding the diamonds to the car was far more complex than they expected. They would have to be painted onto the body with precision and exact definition.

What made it so hard? According to Bugatti, "the digital patterns in the CAD program bear little resemblance to reality: owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted on the surface of the exclusive hyper sports car. As a result, they had to be digitally modified."

Being off by as little as one millimeter would ruin the entire visual effect. The total would be 1,600 diamonds by the time the pattern was fully executed.

Weeks later, designers discovered a way to match the CAD data with reality. They ended up being able to pull the film over the deeply concave surfaces of the Divo without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" graphics application

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During the pattern's development, a test car was used to perfect the pattern. After the initial steps of the application process were applied to the customer's Divo, Bugatti's team need to remove each diamond. Graphite paint and a clearcoat were applied on top of the effect paint in Customer Special Red in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded. All in, the total time spent on the paint on the customer's car alone was two weeks.

"Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made 'Lady Bug', Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise. What initially seemed impossible was executed to perfection by the designers and developers in collaboration with the customer," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti."We are proud to have matched the customer's personal taste and expectations with this unique Divo. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship."

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug"

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There were no changes to the car's W16 powertrain for the project.

Each Divo is priced at $5.6 million USD but buyers pay more depending on which options they choose. All Divos are produced by the Bugatti Alelier in Molsheim. The first deliveries of the supercar happened in August 2020. All models will hav been delivered by this spring.

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A diamond mesh grille fronts the 2022 Kia K8.

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Goodbye, Cadenza. Hello, K8. The Kia Cadenza is one of those cars that is easy forgotten about (if you ever knew about it in the first place) and frequently passed over in favor of the Toyota Avalon or the like. Still, most every automotive journalist who has driven it likes it.

So, Kia's taking the lessons learned from the Cadenza and some from the K5 and Stinger, and rolling them into a new large sedan, the 2022 Kia K8. This week the company unveiled the first official images of the car ahead of its debut. This is the first vehicle named the K8 in Kia history.

2022 Kia K8 The K8's headlights have integrated turn signals.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

2022 Kia K8

"Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core," said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. "While paying homage to the K7, the K8 looks to the future. Its progressive exterior takes on character and emotion, and combines those qualities with an expressive looking front and a dynamic swooping rear, giving the K8 a high-quality, premium presence that takes direct inspiration from some of the world's most technically advanced yachts."

As seen in the photos, the car wears Kia's new logo on its badging, and has design lines reminiscent of the vehicles it has taken lessons from. There's a frameless tire nose grille with diamond lattice, turn signals integrated into the headlights, an elongated side profile, chrome finish along the bottom of the doors, and a roofline that trails off into the trunk. It's all very much from the Kia sedan lineup.

Kia promises that the car will have a "first class" interior that establishes "new benchmarks in premium quality". The sedan will deliver a high-performance driving experience yet be comfortable to ride in, according to Kia messaging.

The rear of the Kia K8 features elongated taillights.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia K8 is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year but the U.S. might not get it until after it's arrived in Korea and Europe.

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